Malaysia – 2 Dead, 15,000 Displaced as Floods Worsen in Kelantan and Terengganu

At least 2 people have died and over 15,000 people are now displaced after flooding has worsened in the states of Kelantan and Terengganu in Malaysia over the last 24 hours.

Flooding began in the state of Terengganu after heavy rain that began on 27 November.

By 30 November around 2,000 people were displaced in the districts of Besut, Setiu, Hulu Terengganu and Dungun. By late 01 December the number of displaced had increased to almost 6,000 in the districts of Besut (1,927), Hulu Terengganu (1,751), Setiu (1,795) and Dungun (around 400). Over 120 relief centres have been set up to house those displaced.

About 30 tourists were stranded in Kampung Pasir Dula, Kuala Berang, Hulu Terengganu as floods up to 1 metre deep cut road access.

According to the Drainage and Irrigation Department, 9 rivers were above the danger level in the state, as of 02 December.

Flooding has now also affected the neighbouring state of Kelantan where 11,278 people have been displaced in the districts of Kota Bharu, Pasir Mas, Tumpat, Tanah Merah and Pasir Puteh.

Pasir Mas is the worst hit area in the state with 7,322 people displaced, followed by Tumpat with 3,704 people. As of 02 December, some of those displaced had begun returning home.

Local media reported that 1 person died in flood water in Tumpat on 02 December. The previous day a young child died in Pasir Puteh.

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